What Are We Afraid Of?
What Are We Afraid Of? I think as humans, it is natural for us to have a sense of fear at times. It may be fear that we won't have enough money to pay our bills. Or it may be fear that our kids are going to grow up and turn away from the Lord. Whatever the circumstance may be, the Lord has been showing me more and more that as Christians, we really have nothing to be afraid of. A little over four years ago I went through probably one of the hardest times in my life. The man I had been married to for almost 9 years decided he wanted a divorce. At the time we had two children together. So not only was this happening to me, but my children would be affected by this. I was absolutely devastated. My first reaction was to cry out to the Lord "why?" Why was this happening? Why would you allow this to happen to me Lord? Why do my kids have to now be a part of a broken family? The questions continued to pour out of me... LORD! What am I gonna do? How is this going to affect my kids as they grow? How am I going to explain this to them? Where do I go from here? What is going to happen next? I was afraid! Better yet, I was terrified! Fear of the unknown flooded my heart and mind. My heart began to harden towards the Lord. Thankfully, it was not long before the Lord reminded me who He was and what I have in Him. He showed me that there was nothing for me to be afraid of! He brought to remembrance the promises of His word. "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind." - 2 Timothy 1:7 "Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you." - Deuteronomy 31:6 Wow! Thank you Lord! These words are so simple and clear. So what on earth am I afraid of? How can I so easily forget these powerful words? The Lord was so gracious to reminded me why there is no reason to be afraid. Because fear is not from the Lord! I think in the moments of our struggles we can become overwhelmed and forget. But our God is so faithful to remind us! So in those times when we have struggles or when we endure trials or tribulations the Lord is there. He is with us in every step we take. He has never left our side. Our Lord is sovereign. He has equipped us for every situation, and He has a plan. Our FAITH and TRUST in Him should overpower our fear!